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About Justin Rossow
Justin writes, presents, teaches, and preaches at the intersection of Scripture, culture, and metaphor theory. With 20 years of ministry experience focused especially on discipleship, Justin brings a refreshing and encouraging voice to the adventure of helping people delight in taking a next step. Justin is known for his insight and energy, and writes like he talks: with humor, humility, and profound dependence on Jesus.
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Real Insights from Real People
The Next Step Community is a group of people, like you, who are trying to follow Jesus. These heartfelt articles, stories, anecdotes, and devotions come from the first year of the Next Step Community blog (community.findmynextstep.org).
This anthology of insights and perspectives will help you take a small next step on your journey of faith. With refreshingly honest struggles, keen biblical insights, and a spirit of discovery, the authors and contributors from The Next Step Community will help you see your own faith life in a new light.
Take a Next Step Following Jesus
There are no silver bullet answers here: just real people trying to make sense out of the adventure of following Jesus. Come with your misgivings and doubts, with your thrills and triumphs, with your personal failures and your unique joys. You will find people like you who will help guide you into a deeper dependence and more vibrant relationship with Jesus.
Jesus at the Center of My Messy Life will encourage and strengthen you for the journey. We follow Jesus better when we follow him together.
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✓ contributions from 13 different bloggers, ages 19-70+ from all over the map
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You bring God joy.
And God intends the feeling to be mutual.
This book will help you lean into Joyful Delight, Thoughtful Delight, Playful Delight, Delicious Delight, and Desirable Delight in your life with God. Delight! invites you into a real, accessible, and down-to-earth way of experiencing the adventure of following Jesus.
Of course you will know struggle and failure. Of course you will know grief and shame. But you don’t have to carry the burden of getting your faith walk right; you already make Jesus jump for joy and sing his happy song. The Creator of the Universe thinks you’re something special. Even when life is confusing or difficult, the Spirit is shaping you with care and delight.
- Are you tired of religion?
- Are you beat down by anxiety or doubt?
- Do you long for something more in your life of faith?
Let go of your burden. Take a deep breath. And let’s explore what it means to follow Jesus on the adventure of your life—an adventure marked by challenge and repentance and difficulty, but marked most fundamentally by mutual delight!
The LORD will take great delight in you;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full.”
From the Book
"Following Jesus isn’t supposed to weigh you down; it’s supposed to make you dance. Following Jesus isn’t supposed to limit your fun; it’s supposed to open you up to freedom you have never known before. Following Jesus isn’t a burden to carry, even when you carry your cross; to follow Jesus is certainly to know suffering and trouble and dying to self and struggling with doubt, but fundamentally—fundamentally!—following Jesus is about delight.
Jesus delights in you; and Jesus loves it when you feel the same about him. That’s what following Jesus is all about."
What People Are Saying
In Delight!, Justin Rossow widens our lens for understanding grace as he explores the delight God has in us and the delight God gives to us. The impact will ripple into every area of your spiritual walk. Delight! brings both lightness and depth to the Scriptures and to our relationships with our Great God.
HEIDI GOEHMANN, author of Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Song of Songs
Have we lost our sense of delight? Today delight seems to be reduced to each person’s version of personal happiness. Or delight is simply missed altogether because we are too busy and anxious to notice it. In a deeply reflective and devotional way, Rossow puts delight back on the agenda of the theology of the Christian life. Taking us on a biblical journey of discovery around God’s vision of delight for us, he invites us to receive this gift, revel in it, and, yes, delight in it!
LEOPOLDO A. SANCHEZ M.
This book will bring you joy.
Preaching week in and week out can be a burden. This book invites you into a way of experiencing preaching that brings life back into your pulpit.
Contemporary metaphor theory provides new methods for engaging the biblical text and shaping sermons that matter. With humor and insight, Justin Rossow harnesses the most relevant advances in metaphor theory to empower your preaching and equip you to impact the everyday lives of real people.
You’ll be delighted at the quality of the example sermons and anxious to put these tools to work in your own preaching ministry. This book is not about making your propositional point a little more interesting; this book will change how you imagine the preaching task.
Refreshingly faithful, theoretically nuanced, purposefully practical, and at times laugh out loud funny, Preaching Metaphor will help you fall in love with preaching all over again.
What critics are saying:
“Remarkably clear, compelling, and practical.” “Humble, winsome, and knowledgeable.”
“A pioneering and incredible piece of work.” “This book is a joy to read.”
“A gift to the preacher.” “Thank God for Justin.”
From the introduction:
“I just want to help make next Sunday a little easier for you and for your hearers. And maybe, if things go as planned, I might even help you delight in the preaching task a little more than you have in awhile. You see, I am on your side; I think what you do week in and week out is amazing. And I want to help.
In order to help, I want to talk about metaphor. I know, I know; talking about metaphor sounds all artistic and poetic—and it can be—but, as we shall see, metaphor is also a fundamental tool for how we make sense of our lives, reach decisions, imagine possibilities, and evaluate outcomes. Because metaphor is a fundamental tool of human thought and experience, getting a better handle on metaphor opens up all kinds of possibilities for reading and preaching Scripture.”
Real Help for a Busy Season
The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year seem to be some of the most hectic of the year. But you don’t want to miss the peace and joy you know Jesus wants to give you in this season. With most small groups meeting only socially, now is a perfect time to embark on a solo adventure in God’s Word. Or invite a couple of friends to follow Jesus with you this Christmas season. Either way, Jesus promises to show up.
The Kindle Edition of You, Follow Me is a great companion to your own Advent journal. Whenever a prayer experiment asks you to write or sketch something, you can print a page from http://FindMyNextStep.org/Advent2019 if you wish. A large print edition is also available.
This Discipleship Travel Log invites you to:
Try Something New
You will be equipped and encouraged to run discipleship experiments and find something to take with you on your journey of faith, into the New Year and beyond.
Find a Next Step
As you explore tools for meditation or methods for prayer, look for the response Jesus is shaping in you.
Get in a Groove
Over the course of these 40 days, you will begin to feel the rhythm of innovation and experimentation for the sake of the Gospel.
Some days will be busier than others; and if you miss a day or two, don’t feel guilty. Just get back to it. Even the challenging stuff is actually fun.
Of course, you will also find daily Scripture verses and devotions that help you see God at work in your everyday life. Jesus again extends his gracious invitation: “You, follow me!”
Today is a good day to take a small next step.
Read more about the thinking behind this resource at: https://justinrossow.com/something-different-for-advent/